I’ve been a Monty Python fan since I walked in on my older sister who was in high school, laughing hysterically at what I thought to be at the time, weirdly (and cross-) dressed British men making no sense on the television screen.Â “It’s British humor,” my wise big sis told me as she looked down at me and my naÃ¯vetÃ©. “Most Americans don’t understand this type of humor,” she informed me in affected tone.Â Figuring you had to have been born into or later gained some form of higher intellect in order to be “in on the jokes” that these yelling men in drab attire and bad mustaches performed, I sat down and watched, curious to see if I would eventually be part of this smarter-than-a dumb-American-fifth grader-set.Â It took some time, but like with one of those once-popular pictures that if you concentrated really hard, you could actually see movement, I finally “got it”.Â In fact, I loved watching the totally inappropriate for my age Monty Python movies with my older brother and even my parents.Â It was dorky, but it was hilarious.Â And P.S. I’m pretty sure there was a lot of drug use when these movies were made, not saying it’s a fact, just saying I’d be willing to make a bet.
The great John Cleeseof course went on to main stream media American fame which helped bring forward these cult films and Monty Python the group (all Brits and one American who performed their famous comedy show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” on the BBC from 1969 to 1974) enough so that there had to be a knock off of the ever popular “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (remember the Killer Rabbit?) entitled SPAMALOT.
The cast for Monty Pythonâ€™s SPAMALOT includes two local actors: Arthur Rowan, who plays King Arthur, and Adam Grabau, who plays Sir Lancelot and three other roles. Rowan attended high school in Vienna, Virginia, and has worked with Folger Theatre, WSC Avant Bard, Scena Theatre, Horizons Theater, and American Century Theater, among others. Grabau, a native of Howard County, performed in Signature Theatreâ€™s Helen Hayes Award-winning Les Miserables. He has also worked with Studio Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Tobyâ€™s Dinner Theatre, and Rep Stage.
Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits, and one legless knight.
Awards: The original cast recording of Monty Pythonâ€™s Spamalot won the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album.Â Monty Python’s Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Director (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical.
Currently, tickets are on sale at the Warner Theatre Box Office, online at www.LiveNation.com or www.Ticketmaster.com, and via phone at (800) 551-7328. Ticket prices start at $40, plus applicable service charges. For special group rates for 20 or more, call (202) 626-8250. For more information, call the Warner Theatre box office at (202) 783-4000 or visit www.warnertheatredc.com.
Tuesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 14 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 16 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 17 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.